Here’s the definition of knee-jerk (emphasis on second syllable): defending something without knowing what you’re defending. So it comes as no surprise that Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska, admits that she never read the GQ interview with Duck Dynasty paterfamilias Phil Robertson, in which Robertson brought new meaning to the phrase “offensively homophobic.”
Of course, that didn’t stop Palin from defending Robertson with all her might. In a tweet last week, Palin complained that “those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch are taking on all of us.”
Palin’s admission that she had no idea with Robertson said came, appropriately enough, in an interview on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren. Van Susteren asked Palin to comment about the “graphic” and “offensive” way Robertson expressed himself, even if one agreed with the substance of his remarks.
“I haven’t read the article. I don’t know exactly how he said it,” Palin responded. “But what he was doing was in response to a question about a lifestyle he disagrees with, and yet he has said over and over again he doesn’t hate the person engaging in a lifestyle he disagrees with.”
Moreover, Robertson’s critics are, in Palin’s universe, attacking God Himself.
“In response, he was quoting the Gospel,” she told Van Susteren. “So people who are so insulted and offended by what he said evidently are offended by what he was quoting in the Gospel.”
Now, Sarah has never been celebrated for the Aristolean rigor of his logic. But if you’re looking for something to be thankful for this holiday season, just remember: this was the woman who could have been a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.